Zayn Malik decided to cancel an upcoming gig in Dubai, which was scheduled for October, due to severe anxiety problems.
The artist was set to perform at the Autism Rocks Arena, but ultimately didn’t feel confident enough to appear on stage.
A written announcement was posted on the 117 Live website, saying: “Dear Fans, I have been working over the last three months to overcome my extreme anxiety around major live solo performances I feel I am making progress but I have today acknowledged that I do not feel sufficiently confident to move forward with the planned show in Dubai in October.”
The statement assured fans that all tickets sold would be refunded, followed by an apology for the unexpected news.
“I am assured that all tickets will be refunded. I am truly sorry to disappoint you. I hope to see you all soon. Thank you to all my fans who support me globally. With love and respect always, Zayn.”
While event organizers feel disappointed, they wished the singer well and a speedy recovery from his ongoing issues.
CEO Thomas Ovesen stated: “Whilst disappointed not to be hosting the planned Oct 7th. Dubai concert we appreciate Zayn’s honest apologies and wish him all the best for the future. We will be looking forward to sharing more of Zayn’s plans with his Middle East fans when we have such information and will now get the ticket refund process started!! See you all at our other events at the Autism Rocks Arena!”
The artist had previously canceled another gig in the UK, his first performance since leaving One Direction.
He stated at the time: “Unfortunately my anxiety that has haunted me throughout the last few months around live performances has gotten the better of me… with the magnitude of the event I have suffered the worst anxiety of my career. I cannot apologize enough but I want to be honest with everyone who has patiently waited to see me, I promise I will do my best to make this up to everybody I’ve let down today.”
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